Canadian rising artist Rêve put her heart on her sleeve when producing the tracks for her debut album, Saturn Return.
If there’s one thing to know about rising star Rêve, it’s that her music has no “off” switch. The Toronto-based artist, best known for her 2021 fist-pumping anthem “CTRL + ALT + DEL,” which the single later won a Juno Award in 2023, puts the dance in dance music with her euphoric synths, sultry pop melodies, and beat-pounding kicks.
Using a moniker that means dream in French, a nod to her Montreal roots, she lives up to her name by blending new and old genres to turn dance floors into out-of-this-world experiences for those seeking an adventure. Now the singer-songwriter is unveiling more dance-floor hits, with a mix of emotion and vulnerability, in her debut album Saturn Return.
From the start, Rêve demonstrates her range as a vocalist with her album opener, “Breaking Up With Jesus.” Using icy textures and stuttering synths, this cinematic number encapsulates her transformation from adolescence to becoming her own person. Soon after, she draws from the ’70s to create a body-moving beat in “Disco At The Strip Club.” But don’t let the euphoric number fool you; the song serves as a cautionary tale about whom you should spend your time with, and that message can also be heard in the Madonna-inspired balled “Contemporary Love.”
Rêve states that her debut project is a time capsule of her 20s, which she says is “a time to make mistakes, find yourself, and experience all life has to offer.” She packages this album as a long, fun night where one can experience a spectrum of emotions. From making a regretful decision to see a former partner, “EX EX EX (Whoops),” to having a memorable night with your best friends, “Big Boom,” to flirty and promiscuous encounters, “Hypersexual,” she tells these stories with vulnerability.
It’s these transformative years that define us as a person, and Rêve shares her growth in the album’s title track that’s a fluttering synth-pop closer. It’s this metamorphic journey, she says, that is perfectly represented by the astrological event Saturn Return because it “can often be tumultuous.” Yet regardless of positive or negative experiences, Rêve has crafted 13 songs that will have you dancing with your heart on your sleeve, so give the album a listen on Spotify or your preferred platform.
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Rêve – Saturn Return – Tracklist:
- Breaking Up With Jesus
- Disco At The Strip Club
- Contemporary Love
- Big Boom
- CTRL ALT DEL
- EX EX EX (Whoops)
- My My (What A Life)
- Past Life
- Release Me
- Saturn Return